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12-06-2013 12:03 AM
Originally Posted by bmorebraap View Post
I Just wanted to figure out what type of temperament he may have as an adult and if protection training could be possible with him. Thanks again for your replies.
I knew Riley couldn't do protection or IPO. He just didn't have the temperament. He was a very sweet loving dog. I was going to try herding with him or therapy work.
12-05-2013 11:54 PM
bmorebraap Oh by no means am I giving up on my boy! I've got him in some advanced obedience classes now that he's doing great in. He's absolutely a great dog and companion and I will work with him and love him the same no matter what.

I Just wanted to figure out what type of temperament he may have as an adult and if protection training could be possible with him. Thanks again for your replies.

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12-03-2013 09:28 AM
Baillif Yeah, definitely don't give up on the dog. Continue to socialize and work on those issues because the best progress is made at these ages while the dog is still pliable.
12-03-2013 09:15 AM
Rbeckett I would also work on strengthening your bond with your skittish boy so that he trusts you implicitly and looks to you for all directions and cues for his behavior. Once an inseperable bond has formed between you and a dog they tend to do more of the things that you would consider "toughening up" Generally a meek dog remains meek for their entire life, but that is no reason that the cannot be a great pet and life long companion. My first long term foster/homing attempt is a female who is skittish and refuses to come into the house. So we give her lots of love and attention while we are outside and she is blossoming into quite the little powerhouse with great drive, loves fetch and is always seeking a good rub or some attention. This is in contrast to her sister who prefers inside and plays keep away but is a sucker for a belly rub too. So be patient while you build your relationship, show lots of love, maintain your alpha position, and above all be consistent. This experience will make you a better trainer and help you to understand the psychological as well as the physical needs of this breed of dog. Just remember....Nothing is impossible or insurmountable until you do not make the attempt.

Wheelchair Bob
12-02-2013 09:20 PM
doggiedad 7 months is young. train and socialize a lot. some GSD's are protective
and some aren't.
12-02-2013 06:24 PM
Baillif Never hurts to have a nervy one to wake up the heavy hitter when the baddies go bump in the night.
12-02-2013 02:00 PM
bmorebraap Thanks for the replies, I figured as much. Looks like my girl will be the shutzhund prospect/better guard dog around here.

jocoyn, thanks for the links and resources! Looking into that now.
12-02-2013 01:32 PM
jocoyn This may be a good start with some good resources for you. Learning how to work with a dog with these issues will, indeed, make you a better handler all around. It will also make you much more aware of dog body language etc. A big goal is to prevent fear related aggression and it sounds like you may have made it thus far without this issue.
12-02-2013 01:24 PM
Baillif Could always work the dog in prey only, and then practice obedience, experiment with engagement related stuff. Wouldn't want to put the dog into competition or anything like that where he could be put into defense accidentally or otherwise, but you can still work him for his enrichment and your own practice. From a training and practice perspective these dogs are more challenging. You would potentially learn more from working with a dog like that.
12-02-2013 01:18 PM
boomer11 a wussy dog will always be a wuss. you can help him be more confident but he'll never be brave. he doesnt sound like a schutzhund dog but he sounds like a great pet.
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